Children’s football academy franchise, Kixx, continues to increase the strength of its franchise portfolio after being joined by three more professional footballers in 2020, which includes Newport County captain Joss Labadie.
29-year-old, Labadie, will be launching Kixx Newport at the end of March, and Labadie’s current teammate, Ade Azeez, has also joined up with Wrexham striker, JJ Hooper, with the pair opening Kixx Bromley in April this year.
Last year Kixx was recognised by both Barclays and Goldman Sachs as one of the high growth businesses in the UK and is clearly an attractive business package to professional athletes still in the game.
In 2019, Doncaster Rovers and football league legend, James Coppinger, signed up to a Kixx franchise which led to the Rovers record appearance holder launching Kixx Middlesbrough and Kixx Redcar in September 2019.
Other pro footballers on the Kixx Franchisee list, include former Mansfield, Wrexham and current Hereford defender, Martin Riley, also a Kixx Franchisee in Wolverhampton.
Kixx, was founded in Doncaster by former footballer, Ben Hunter, in 2011 and in the last 8 years the children’s football coaching specialists have opened up 42 franchises across the country. In just the last 24 months they have grown by at least 30% in terms of total franchises.
Marc Potter, Kixx Operations Director commented:
“We are delighted that Joss, JJ and Ade will be starting their own Kixx Franchises. They are incredible athletes who are still enjoying professional football careers, playing at a very high level.
“Not only do they bring an fantastic knowledge and experience of football to Kixx, but they also share our vision to truly make a difference to the lives of children they impact through coaching and future community activities.
“Our business is attracting eyes and interest from professional footballers across the country. Not just from the financial and growth potential but with regards to business values and the huge impact Kixx academies are having on children throughout the country.
It promises to be an even bigger year for Kixx in 2020 with the launch of at least another 10 franchises across the year, and that includes opening in Newcastle, Cornwall and Telford. By the end of the year Kixx could have over 600 football academies across the country and be visited by over 15,000 children, every single week.